An exciting week is coming our way, friends! Your evenings are officially spoken for this week because there’s so much to see, do and experience over these next few days in Toronto. You’ll get to hit up an all-you-can-eat and drink Italian fest, shop wildly good deals at a warehouse sale, and rock out at an Avril Lavigne concert like it’s 2006 again. And believe it or not, that’s just the beginning!
Here are 10 of the best things to do in Toronto this week to keep the fun going long after the weekend’s over.
Stocking up on summer staples? Much-loved Canadian brand Knix is having a warehouse sale this month with deep discounts on loungewear, swimwear, intimates, and more for up to 75% off. The sale will be held in Toronto this Friday and you’ll want to arrive early to get first dibs on all the best deals. If you miss it, don’t fret because there will be two other Knix sale events this month!
Where: 950 Dupont St
When: May 13 from 1 pm to 6 pm
Pasta enthusiasts, listen up. Toronto’s Italian market is hosting an all-you-can-eat (and drink) celebration this Friday. Eataly’s SpringFest will be an all-inclusive experience, with unlimited authentic Italian dishes, wines, and entertainment. Your ticket grants you access to over 15 tasting stations serving up dishes like regional pizza, fresh housemade pasta dishes, artisanal salumi and formaggi, sweet Italian desserts, and of course, vino galore.
Where: 55 Bloor St West
When: Friday, May 13, 6 p.m., 7 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
After a long hiatus, Cirque du Soleil has finally brought its iconic Big Top back to Toronto for a breathtaking performance. Until May 23, the city will be treated to Cirque du Soleil’s most critically acclaimed show, called KURIOS — Cabinet of Curiosities. The performers will take the stage at Ontario Place for a “mind-boggling” limited series of shows that combine acrobatics with art, poetry, and humour.
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W
When: Until May 23, 2022
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Avril Lavigne is going on a nationwide concert tour in Canada, the first time she’s done so in over a decade! This week, she stops in Toronto for a special live show in her home province. Skater boys, it looks like your happy ending might be in sight!
Where: Coca-Cola Coliseum
When: May 13, 2022
Photography enthusiasts, this one’s for you. All month long, Canadian and international artists will showcase their work through exhibitions, installations, and commissioned projects at museums, galleries, and public spaces across Toronto. You’ll get to discover both acclaimed and emerging artists, documentary photographers, and photojournalists at this annual event.
Where: Various locations
When: May 1-31, 2022
Fans of Princess Diana can experience a photography and art exhibit in Toronto this month. Princess Diana: Accredited Access Exhibition will be at Casa Loma, and will run until June 12. According to the iconic castle, this is a first-ever walk-thru documentary, and it tells the untold story of how the Princess changed the world.
Where: Casa Loma
When: Until June 12
Celebrate springtime in the speakeasy era at this new pop-up. The St. Regis Toronto has opened its new Rhythm & Blooms experience in its Astor Lounge, serving prohibition-era style ‘iced’ teapot cocktails, delicious bites, and cocktails in an enchanting setting. You’ll be treated to the sounds of live jazz on Friday evenings as you sip among the pink canopies of cherry blossom trees and floral decor.
Where: 325 Bay St
When: Until July 31, 2022
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A mystical cocktail experience called The Wizard’s Den is happening at a secret location this month that will put your spell-casting and sorcery skills to the test. “Get ready to unleash your inner magical being as you brew potions, cast spells, and drink more mead than you can shake a wand at,” says the description. You’ll get to create a variety of concoctions for good and evil with the help of a potions master in your 90-minute session.
Where: Secret location
When: May 4-29, 2022
A unique exhibition is on display at Toronto’s Gardiner Museum this month. Canadian visual artist Shary Boyle is putting on a major showcase, described as “a multi-sensory installation including drawings, ceramic sculpture, life-sized automatons, two-way mirrors, coin-operated sculpture, and an interactive score.” If you’ve been itching for an opportunity to see incredible local art, this exhibition is a must!
Where: 111 Queens Park
When: Until May 15, 2022
After weeks of anticipation, High Park’s cherry blossoms are officially in full bloom, just in time for the gorgeous weather. And if you can’t get enough of these gorgeous trees, there are plenty of other lesser-known and equally as beautiful parks with cherry blossoms around Toronto that are also worth visiting over the next couple of weeks.
Where: 1873 Bloor St West